Idea Chic Stationery Box Review + Coupon – September 2016
The Idea Chíc Stationery Box Subscription is a monthly stationery and paper subscription box from a craftsy husband-and-wife team out of Denver, Colorado. Sets include letterpress, flat-printed, and sewn stationery and cards, all made by Idea Chíc, plus surprise stickers to coordinate with each month’s theme.
Idea Chíc also has a quarterly subscription box called Idea Chíc Parcel Post, which includes brand new designs for each season, plus gifts and other fun finds. Be sure to check it out if you like what you see here!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Idea Chic Stationery Box
The Cost: Individual boxes are $19.95/box, or you can choose from three subscription levels: 3 months ($59.00, or $19.67/box), 6 months ($99.00, or $16.50/box), and 12 months ($190, or $15.84/box)
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save 20% off any subscription!
The Products: Handmade stationery and gift items.
Ships to: Worldwide (International shipping is $6). Free shipping in the U.S.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
This month’s theme is “Nature”. An info card was included about future month’s themes and shipping info.
Mini Cardinals Gift Card – Value $3
Being that this is just a September box, I was a little surprised to see a card with such a strong holiday vibe. Then again, I’m the person who would finish Christmas shopping on Christmas Day if she could, so maybe I’m not the best gauge of these things!
Regardless, it is a cute little card—last month there was a mini card with cardinals on it, too, though the design was less wintry. Idea Chíc has a knack for creating sophisticated, yet simple designs, and this periwinkle and crimson print is the perfect example of that aesthetic. The understated card is probably no more than two inches square, blank inside, and printed with Idea Chíc’s info on the back. And of course, it comes neatly packed in a plastic sleeve alongside a brown craft paper envelope that’s just the right size.
Great Friends Wood Veneer Greeting Card – Value $5.95
This critter-printed card is made of actual birch veneer, which is a unique experience to see and touch—holding it in your hands, you can feel the grain and subtle sheen of the wood, but it’s almost as light and flexible as cardstock. I’m an animal fan, so I was charmed by the birds, fox, owl, and hedgehog that grace this cute card. And I like how the arrow patterns at the top and bottom of the card (single lines of them appear on the reverse side on the top and bottom, too) mimic the knit of a cozy scarf or sweater. It’s not as grown up as other designs from Idea Chíc, but I like the playful spirit.
I feel like you could easily treat this piece like a postcard, but it does come with a coordinating butcher-paper envelope.
Birthday Wishes Stars Greeting Card – Value $4.00
I like the all-purpose sentiment and simple, sincere design of this navy blue card. It’s blank inside, and like the other cards, it comes packaged in a clear plastic sleeve alongside a brown paper envelope. I like the hand-drawn feel of the white stars and text on this birthday card—you can see flecks of blue throughout the lettering, as if someone painted them and you’re seeing the texture in the brushstroke. The best part is how the blue ink gives the front of this card a smooth, almost velvety finish that feels very high quality.
Adventurous Greeting Card – Value $4.00
This blank-inside card is perfect for someone moving out, moving in, or moving onto a new chapter of their career, life, or relationship. Something about the fine weight of the airplane design on this card makes it feel like it was lovingly stamped by hand, rather than printed. It gives it an extra-special feeling. I love the vibrancy of the red-orange plane against the blue shades of the other elements, and the loopy text (and dotted path of the plane) keeps this card as playful as it is classy.
I’m not certain how it fits into the “Nature” theme (I guess because of the globe), but I definitely don’t mind having this card in my collection.
3 Wood Grain Postcards – Value $3.88
To be clear, these postcards aren’t the same as the Great Friends card that was printed on actual wood. These postcards are printed on cardstock that has the same feel as craft paper. On the front, wood grain (the same pattern is on each card) is printed in black ink, and on the reverse, there’s 1920s style lettering articulating where to pen your note and write your recipient’s address. The flourish of old-school typography feels a little out of place alongside the nature-inspired simplicity of the wood pattern, but these cards are definitely unique. I’ve never thought of postcards as stationery before but seeing these identical, all-purpose postcards packaged together, I can totally imagine using them the way you would a set of notecards.
Leaf Vine Letterpress Card – Value $4.00
This was my favorite card in the box. Printed on slightly thicker cardstock, this postcard-style notecard features a moss-green vine pattern that creeps up one of the shorter ends. Because of the thickness of the card, the vine pattern is recessed just slightly from the letterpress process. This beautiful detail could frame a note on the front of the card, or introduce what’s written on the back. Understated and lovely. Plus, it comes with a leaf-green envelope for an extra accent.
Tree Stickers – Value $3?
Finally, there are four patterned evergreen-tree stickers to complete the box. I like the muted color scheme across each different sticker. The colors definitely keep nature in mind, even when the patterns don’t do so explicitly.
Verdict: This Idea Chic Stationery Box was full of useful items and versatile designs. I think the “Nature” theme was stretched here and there, but that concern was an afterthought when looking at all of the high-quality, thoughtfully made products. The value of the box exceeds the subscription cost, so if you’re on the hunt for a fun way to expand your stationery collection and love more simple, handmade items, I think this monthly subscription is a wonderful choice.
Do you like this month’s Idea Chíc theme?